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Apr 09, 2020. 3 comments

Black People Have Been the Only Ones to Die From COVID-19 in St. Louis: Report

Black People Have Been the Only Ones to Die From COVID-19 in St. Louis: Report

Recent reports have shown that coronavirus is infecting and killing black people at a disproportionately high rate. In St. Louis, city officials announced Wednesday that all of their COVID-19-related deaths have been black people.

According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as of Wednesday, the city has over 480 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections and all 12 people who have died of...

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Apr 01, 2020.

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

A Death Sentence: As Jails Struggle to Stem Coronavirus Outbreaks, Delays Could Spell Disaster

On March 19, the chief physician of New York City’s jail system, Ross MacDonald, issued a warning on Twitter: “A storm is coming.”

In a plea directed at city prosecutors and judges, MacDonald said he noticed how swiftly courts were closed in response to COVID-19.

“This was fundamentally an act of social distancing, a sound strategy in public health. But the luxury that allows you to protect...

Mar 18, 2020. 1 comments

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak Concerns, County Jails and Police Departments Look to Minimize Number of Inmates, Arrests

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreak Concerns, County Jails and Police Departments Look to Minimize Number of Inmates, Arrests

Jails and police departments around the country are releasing inmates early and reducing arrests in order to reduce the likelihood of a COVID-19 outbreak among those behind bars.

Over the last week, Los Angeles County and Cuyahoga County, Ohio, have moved to release hundreds of people held in its jails and prisons. BuzzFeed News reports that in LA County, the largest county prison system in...

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Jan 18, 2020. 4 comments

Marilyn Mosby Shares Anonymous Racist Call, Calls Out Misogynoir During Solidarity Trip to St. Louis

Marilyn Mosby Shares Anonymous Racist Call, Calls Out Misogynoir During Solidarity Trip to St. Louis

The office of Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby released a voicemail this week sent to Mosby after she visited St. Louis to stand in solidarity with another progressive black woman prosecutor, Kim Gardner. The St. Louis prosecutor is filing a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging city leaders and the police union have conspired to drive her out of office on account of her race.

The call...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

St. Louis Chief Prosecutor Uses Ku Klux Klan Act to Sue the City for Racism

St. Louis Chief Prosecutor Uses Ku Klux Klan Act to Sue the City for Racism

Institutionalized racism is an unfortunate reality of life in America. Luckily, there are those like Kim Gardner who are willing to fight back against it.

CBS News reports that St. Louis chief prosecutor, Kim Gardner, has filled a suit against the city and it’s primary police union saying they violated a little known law called the Ku Klux Klan act. She alleges that the city engaged in...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 13, 2019. 17 comments

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed for Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed for Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

A “proud” Missouri “cracker” and a KKKop whose pseudonym on social media was apparently inspired by a leadership position in the Ku Klux Klan have been terminated after a watchdog group discovered Facebook posts by nearly two dozen St. Louis police officers displaying bigotry, hatred and a predilection for violence.

The Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis confirmed to the St. Louis...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 11, 2019. 17 comments

'Set Your Price for a Slave': St. Louis Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for 'Culturally Insensitive' Homework Assignment

'Set Your Price for a Slave': St. Louis Teacher Placed on Administrative Leave for 'Culturally Insensitive' Homework Assignment

On the laundry list of things I wanted to be when I grew up, being a teacher was probably dead last. In part because I knew I’d never have the patience, but primarily because I knew I’d never get away with involving slave auctions in my assignments.

That was sarcasm.

Sadly, KMOV 4 reports that an unnamed teacher at Blades Elementary School in St. Louis learned a similar lesson after handing out...

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Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Oct 08, 2019.

The Neighborhood: Cedric the Entertainer and That Time He Experienced His Own Neighbor Drama

The Neighborhood: Cedric the Entertainer and That Time He Experienced His Own Neighbor Drama

Cedric the Entertainer, one of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” is still living up to his name.

He’s had quite the steady career, recently starring in TBS’ The Last O.G. and appearing in ABC’s Black-ish. Now, he’s enjoying working on CBS’ The Neighborhood, which is a couple of episodes into its second season.

CBS breaks down the synopsis:

The Neighborhood stars Cedric the Entertainer in a comedy...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 28, 2019. 15 comments

It’s Been a Deadly Summer for Black Children in St. Louis. State Lawmakers Are Poised to Do Absolutely Nothing

It’s Been a Deadly Summer for Black Children in St. Louis. State Lawmakers Are Poised to Do Absolutely Nothing

A horrific string of unsolved shootings killing children in St. Louis has local police offering up to $100,000 for help in finding suspects. But even as gun violence has claimed the lives of 13 children since April, the GOP-run statehouse has made clear it has no plan to address the outbreak in violence.

As both the Washington Post and BuzzFeed have reported, St. Louis police on Saturday...

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Aug 27, 2019. 12 comments

Late Charge: Judge Says Prosecutors’ Demand to Free ‘Innocent’ Man Jailed for Murder Comes 24 Years Too Late

Late Charge: Judge Says Prosecutors’ Demand to Free ‘Innocent’ Man Jailed for Murder Comes 24 Years Too Late

Despite overwhelming evidence by prosecutors that a man sitting in a Missouri prison was wrongfully convicted of murder, a judge has denied a bid for a new trial saying, essentially, that the request comes 24 years too late.

Twenty-four years is how long Lamar Johnson has been trapped in prison for what even prosecutors say is a murder he didn’t commit.

As Injustice Watch reports:

In denying...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Aug 09, 2019. 4 comments

Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Mike Brown’s Death Changed the World, but Local Activists Say It Hasn’t Changed Ferguson

Today marks five years since Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was far from the only black man to die at the hands of the police that year; other high-profile cases—Eric Garner died in New York months earlier, Laquan McDonald would be shot and killed later that fall—sparked protests and dominated headlines. But the uprising that surged through...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 22, 2019. 5 comments

Missouri’s Last-Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open for Now—but the State Has Yanked Its License

Missouri’s Last-Remaining Abortion Clinic Can Stay Open for Now—but the State Has Yanked Its License

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, which happens to be the only abortion provider left in the state of Missouri, can keep providing the service for now, but Missouri officially yanked its license Friday, endangering the clinic’s operation long-term.

If Planned Parenthood ends up closing its doors, Missouri will become the only state in the nation without an abortion provider, NBC News...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jun 17, 2019. 8 comments

‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order

‘Appalled’ and ‘Disappointed’: Federal Judge Tells St. Louis to Stop Dragging Feet on Cash Bail Order

The city of St. Louis can no longer hold people in jail simply because they’re too poor to pay bail, a federal judge ruled last week. The decision was celebrated by the city’s civil rights advocates, who have argued for years that the city’s cash bail system was unconstitutional. But following the ruling—which gave city officials a week to hold new detention hearings for inmates in St. Louis’...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jun 01, 2019. 1 comments

Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Can Remain Open for Business — for Now

Missouri’s Last Abortion Provider Can Remain Open for Business — for Now

Missouri’s only abortion clinic — The. Only. One. In. The. Entire. State. — has dodged the bullet and will remain open, at least for now.

Despite protests from Missouri health officials, St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer issued an order Friday that will allow Planned Parenthood’s St. Louis clinic to continue performing abortions open even though the state is refusing to renew its...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor May 29, 2019. 3 comments

Missouri Dangerously Close to Becoming First State Without Access to Abortion Clinics

Missouri Dangerously Close to Becoming First State Without Access to Abortion Clinics

Last week, Gov. Mike Parson—in his efforts to position Missouri as “one of the strongest pro-life states in the country”—signed legislation that makes any doctor who performs an abortion within the state subject to up to 15 years imprisonment.

Missouri Governor Signs Legislation Banning Abortions at 8 Weeks

On Friday, Missouri Gov. Michael L. Parson signed controversial legislation banning...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Apr 21, 2019. 18 comments

Wife of Ku Klux Klan Leader Admits to Murder of Her Husband, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Wife of Ku Klux Klan Leader Admits to Murder of Her Husband, Sentenced to Life in Prison

Malissa Ancona, 46, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in St. Francois County Court in Farmington, Mo., according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

She’s charged in connection to the death of her husband, 51-year-old Frank Ancona Jr., imperial wizards of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which boasts dozens of members nationwide.

The group, which supports the separation...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 09, 2019. 8 comments

St. Louis Police Request Permission to Use Mace, Tear Gas on Non-Violent Protesters

St. Louis Police Request Permission to Use Mace, Tear Gas on Non-Violent Protesters

In September of 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri sued the city of St. Louis and its police force after officers responded to peaceful demonstrations with excessive force. In what has come to be known as the “kettle,” more than 100 victims were arrested and testified that they were surrounded, beaten, pepper-sprayed and taunted as they kneeled or laid on the ground.

That...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Apr 03, 2019. 2 comments

Lezley McSpadden Loses 1st Ferguson City Council Race

Lezley McSpadden Loses 1st Ferguson City Council Race

Lezley McSpadden, mother of Michael Brown, lost a hotly contested 3-way race for a seat on Ferguson’s city council Tuesday night. Had she won, McSpadden would have helped oversee the police force whose officer shot and killed her son in 2014.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fran Griffin, a local activist and organizer who sits on several community boards in the majority-black...

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Alana Marie Alana Marie Feb 18, 2019. 12 comments

When It Comes to Blackness, All Roads Lead to and Through East St. Louis. Period.

When It Comes to Blackness, All Roads Lead to and Through East St. Louis. Period.
America's Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.  

Firstly, I want to make this clear: People often (always) confuse East St. Louis and St. Louis—they...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 21, 2018. 11 comments

St. Louis County Prosecutor Voted Out After Darren Wilson Case Says He Has ‘Zero Regrets’

St. Louis County Prosecutor Voted Out After Darren Wilson Case Says He Has ‘Zero Regrets’

The outgoing St. Louis County prosecutor who oversaw the case against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in 2014, made a compelling case for why he was voted out of office in a recent interview, blaming his loss in part on activists for whom “everything...is racially motivated” and George Soros-funded groups.

Democratic St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob...

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